Takeaways from the Emergency in Tigray

Tigray is a region in northern Ethiopia that sits between the country of Eritrea to the north and the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to the south. Since November 2020, conflict has been unfolding between the national government in Addis Ababa and the regional government of Tigray. Women and girls in…

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Coding in Palestine: How Tech Education Keeps Girls Safe and Expands Opportunities

In May 2021, hostilities changed the lives of thousands of Palestinians. Hundreds lost their lives, thousands were displaced from their homes, and millions are living in constant fear. But, despite the uncertainty brought on by conflict and coronavirus, there is hope.   A little less than one-quarter of Palestinians are young people….

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Position Available – Volunteer Board Member

Friends of UNFPA is seeking enthusiastic board members to join a dynamic and growing organization committed to the reproductive health, dignity, and rights of women and girls around the world.   As a volunteer board member, you would be joining a principled, collegial, and dedicated group that provides governance,…

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Marriage in the Forecast: The Link between Climate Change and Child Marriage

Deciding who and when to marry is a deeply personal choice. It can impact where you live, how many children you have, what level of education you can attain, and how financially secure you are. The consequences of forced marriage are dire. Every year, as climate change becomes more extreme and unpredictable, so…

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Position Available – Chief Executive Officer

Background Friends of UNFPA, established in 1998 and headquartered in New York City, is the US non-profit that supports the work of UNFPA, the lead United Nations agency for reproductive health and rights for all. Our vision is a world where the reproductive health, dignity, and rights of women…

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Ask the Expert: Representative Chrissy Houlahan

In June 2021, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) introduced the Support UNFPA Funding Act to the House of Representatives. An advocate of women’s empowerment and gender equality, Rep. Houlahan has introduced this bill for the past three years. She spoke with us about what investing in women and girls would mean for the United States and…

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The Future of Family Planning

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, 218 million women didn’t have access to contraception. But because of coronavirus, an additional 12 million women have lost access to family planning.   Right now, every single one of these women must have the lifesaving care and supplies that are their right.   Throughout the pandemic, communities around the world have adapted to lockdown restrictions and supply shortages so…

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Before, during, and after crisis: UNFPA’s ongoing work in Palestine

In April and May 2021, Palestinians endured airstrikes that destroyed homes, took down electricity systems, and left hundreds dead including dozens of women and children. The violence was especially intense in Gaza and the city of Jerusalem. In Gaza, 75,000 people fled their homes for safety. Tragically, for thousands of Palestinians injured by the violence or during migration, help may be hard to find. The World Health Organization reported over 90 attacks on health care facilities.  …

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New Moms, No Matter What

UNFPA provides crucial care to pregnant women, like prenatal care and safe delivery. But did you know that UNFPA also cares for new mothers after they’ve given birth? The first few days, weeks, and even year of a baby’s life are critical for the health of both the mother and baby. In…

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UNFPA helps Laotian LGBTQI youth find peace, purpose, and community

VIENTIANE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic – Growing up, Bill didn’t have anywhere to go to about the confusion she felt about her gender identity. In secondary school, classmates used to taunt her feminine mannerisms, calling her “sissy” and “kathoey” (“ladyboy”). “People could see who I was, but not many…

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